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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours straw yellow with bubbly white head that retained well leaving small amounts of lace behind

S-a little doughy,with some light hops and an odd skunkieness that is a little bit like moldy bread

T-pretty good balance of sweet malts along with some hoppy earthy undertones,a hint of lemon twist and same as the nose,slightly skunky

M-pretty nice,soft and a little creamy with a strong crisp finish

D-if you enjoy other Euros Pils(which I do)give this one a shot,its nothing to get excited about,but its a whole lot tastier than your average Macro brews

Photo of thierrynantes
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance : clear, pale golden color, with a small white head (lacing).
Smell : malty aroma with a floral notes.
Taste and mouthfeel : Dry, lightly hoppy finish
Drinkability : an average beer in the style German pilsener

Photo of kenito799
4.19/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass at Wish Ne Turkish restaurant, Bayside, NY.

Crystal clear pale gold with white foamy head, 1/2 inch at first, fades to a ring.

Aroma is crisp malt and hops, with hints of some more citrus or floral notes--unexpected.

On the palate, crisp, carbonated, dry and refreshing. The flavor was quite a surprise--where I expected a typical euro-macrolager there was a real foral and citrus hoppy aroma and flavor married to the refreshing dry malt. it actually is a pilsener, and a pretty good one! Nice!

Photo of karengarys
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours fairly clear straw green, little head.

smells like lime and skunk a bit. maybe some smoke.

Taste is dry, citrusy and seltzery. that's about it.

Mouthfeel is a bit coarse, but acceptable.

Finish is clean. Refreshing, actually.

Given the combination, I can drink 'em, and have another, but only if they are stuck under my nose. I wouldn't seek this out.

Warning #1: I am not a pilsner fan. This seems fairly typical of a pilsner. Maybe this is what pilsner people like. Since I'm not much of a skunk person, I can't rate this very highly, even if it is supposed to be that way. I just must not get it.

Warning #2: I like darker beers that often taste different or even better warmed up a bit. DON"T DRINK THIS ONE WARM! The skunk really comes up, the mouthfeel goes flat, the taste becomes asprin bitter and the finish is rank. Duh. well, i'm used to being able to drink a beer throughout the temperature ranges, not this one. Ice cold it is at least refreshing, keep it that way.

Photo of ttu94
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer from Turkey? I was some what skepticle at first. I mean they are a majority islamic country and alcohol is a no no right? However after seeing all the Turkish bars in Munich I thought I would try this out. Crystal clear ultra pale yellow beer with a small white head that fades quickly. The smell is very grainy too much so for my taste and a little off putting. Taste is ok a little watery and not much hop flavor but easy drinking and an average beer. Much better than a bud or miller lite

Photo of CrazyMike
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden appearance, a bit dull but has a thick head. Little or no scent from this beer, a hint of malt.

Has a light taste and thin body, malt is evident. Descent carbonation. The aftertaste is very dry and bitter, kind of ruins what could be a simple but refreshing beer.

Overall the beer is pretty mediocre, worth a try if you are curious but wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of btmo
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Turkey in November 2007, and as is my habit, drank the local beer everywhere I go.

I found Efes to be an ordinary but perfectly acceptable macro.

IF you are in Sultanamet - the old town of Istanbul - there is a very special something extra for this beer.

Worth a try....

... if you are in Istanbul.

Photo of mimicic
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Clear yellow, light and hardly any foam.

Smell: Very light.

Taste: Very easy to drink. However, bitterness does follow quickly (which doesn't last too long).

Mouthfeel: Watery

Drinkability: You can drink this like water. Drinking this on a beach sounds like heaven =)

Photo of 1fastz28
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a very light golden color without alot of carbonation, smell is incredibly skunky, almost overpowering. taste is sub par, very skunky taste to it, my own mother said "it smells like a skunks ass" i really dont know, how she knows what a skunks ass smells like, i trust her judgement. mouthfeel is watery, and the drink ability is low cause it isn't that great, sorry turkey

Photo of JDV
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with a thick white fairly quickly diminishing head. Almost no smell, slight metallic smell at first, with a light yeast smell as it warmed. Very light taste as well, with subtle malt, and yeast tastes with just a twinge of short lasted, mild bitterness. Overall, very watery, and taste is similar to that of a light beer, rather than a true pilsner. Quite easy to drink, resultedly. Being Turkish I wanted to like this beer, but it is nothing special. Doesn’t taste bad or skunky at least, but too mild flavored and thin.

Photo of Pegasus
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium golden in color, with a dense, modest white head, which retains fairly well, with thin, scattered lace, and little carbonation.

Aroma: Moderately sweet, light malt, with almost no hop presence.

Taste: Opens with a caramel corn-like sweetness, which carries throughout the taste. Toward the end of the taste, a moderate metallic hop bitterness appears, which helps to cut the excessive malt sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A rather mediocre example of the Pilsener style. The malt is excessively sweet, rather than offering a crisp tartness. The hop selection could be improved, it would benefit from the use of a hop in the Noble family.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml brown glass Euro-style longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Merahaba! I've have had a shit load of this beer but have not had one in 20 years. As a teen (15-16) I lived in Ankara and since there was no drinking age, me and my fellow students and some cool Turks drank this every weekend. My first real beer and I still love it.

Let's be honest, it is an average Pilsner but a good drinking beer that is smoothe and fun to drink with the right people. I'm drinking it from a Turkish version of the "Mas" that I stole as a drunk 16 year old from the Hitite bar in Ankara.

Good color and head with a light "Pils" aroma, that I don't really remember because of the Turkish cigarettes (Maltepe, Samsun, etc.) which smell even worse that American cigarettes. Ahhh what good times. (Got a chance to relive them in Oct. 06 in Munich at a Turkish bar, TTU94 & Ungespundet call me the Turkish Chimney)

Thanks to TTU94 for finding this in Dallas. Bir Bira Cok guzel!!!

Photo of dickroop
1.72/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

We bought this for a pilsner and lager tasting fest. It poured very pale, little color. Smell was like swamp water, distinct sulfury aroma present, kinda skunky. Taste included some indistinct sweetness, no hops in eveidence, a suggestion of some honey. Mouthfeel was watery. Drinkability? Not again, please! Maybe if I was in Turkey, it would be be fresher and better appreciated.

Photo of rodenbach99
1.88/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

bouteille, cadeau de Turquie

bière blonde commerciale classique sans grande distinction, couleur paille pale, odeur sucré de mais-malt, presque pas de houblon, très aqueuse en bouche, finale rapide, désaltérante par contre ce qui l'aide, à boire avec des mets très épicés.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pils glass, the liquid is a bit dark for a pils, gold in color, with good carbonation. The head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is kinda stinky, it smells like any skunked old Euro pils that just spent a year on a boat, in a green bottle, on the sun deck.

The taste is better, not offensive just average, not real hopy like a pils more bready.

The mouthfeel is ok at best, medium body but need good carbonation to add some bite.

The drinkability is average. Its all not very good, I would rather a better brew. MK

Photo of SargeC
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw yellow with a chemically enhanced, pure white head

Smell: A little funky, light malt and minimal hops

Taste: A little difficult to begin with, but it mellows out as the can is tilted a few times.

Mouthfeel: Charged carbonation, light. Seems to warm and thicken quickly in the Turkish heat.

Drinkability: Once the flavor is mastered, it is not too bad. Extremely cheap. It is a good beer to keep stocked in the tent fridge because people rarely steal it.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing and thirst quenching qualities of the Efes Pils. It poured crystal clear and pale straw in color, with a moderate white head that rapidly settles to a thin cover. This Turkish version of a German pilsener has a very mild, pleasingly sweet, grainy aroma. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the taste is clean, crisp & refreshing with little aftertaste. The Efes pils is the perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day, just after you finish mowing the lawn.

Photo of Vancer
2.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sheesh, what a turkey of a beer, har! This one poured the lightest and almost no color, except for a drop of lemon extract. Hey, is this a Mic Ultra?

Whoo, no, a big pungent aroma of malt and veggies tell a different story. And, capped off with a taste of steamed sour kraut in a pot of barley, makes me long for a Macro brew. Must be a mix of ½ barley and ½ corn.

Bitter and harsh finish, this is not even good for lawn mover beer – comes in high priced at appx. $8 a sixer.

Photo of AlexLMS
1.63/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear with a pale golden color. The head is white, moderately low and frothy. Poor retention.
Aroma: strange small malty aroma with a floral twist.
Taste: grainy and adjuncty.
Mouthfeel: drying, strong carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter and short.
Overall: the label states it is entirely made from barley malty, but I strongly doubt it. Sameness, characterless, nothing special. First and last one.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Efes Pilsner pours a deep golden body that rests gently beneath a two-fingered head of creamy bright white froth. Tiny bubbles rise slowly and sporadically. The head takes its time in descending, and then maintains a creamy, solid surface covering. Some very nice lace is also left behind, as well as some fairly solid rings of lace.

The nose displays a combination of grainy maltiness, a mild grassiness, dusty earth, and even a touch of spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with a sturdy medium body, and creamy smooth with just a light snap of crispness before it softens.

The flavor is decidedly malty with a grainy, cereal-like, and honeyish character . Spicy and grassy hops step in at mid-palate and help to balance it, and it finishes a touch sweet with lingering malt and swirling spicy hop notes. The bitterness is restrained, and there's just enough of a firm presence there to balance it. It's clean, and really doesn't display any yeast character at all.

Nicely done, Efes Pilsner is a sturdy European lager that would pair well with a variety of foods (pad Thai, grilled shrimp, barbequed ribs, herbed chicken) and events (sporting events, dinner parties, a night out with the lad or lasses). Certainly worth trying! Not your average Euro-pils!

Photo of schmaldj
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a while since I had this beer so my memory is going to have to do. I first had it in Marmaris Turkey. It was a great beer. The color was a rich gold. The head formed nicely and dissipated slowly. Very very drinkable. As it warms up the flavor is very full. It's a beer that you can drink in a large quantity and still want more. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of theopholis
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Light malt base with a nice, subdued malty sweetness. Some bittering hops. Seems appropriate for a Pils.

Appearance- Crystal clear yellow with a good, bright white head with some staying power and some lace.

Flavor- Nice blend of malt, malt sweetness, and bittering hops. Overall the taste is mild with no off-tastes of obvious flaws.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty darn good for a beer made in a Muslim country.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle. It has a golden, straw color with a decent head that settles but is retained well enough. There is a slight hop aroma, but the scent is mostly light malt. The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops, but slightly towards the malt. It has a light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent pilsner. It's light and refreshing and great with just about any food. It reminds me of a cross between a Czech and German pils because it seems a bit malty for a German pils, but a bit hoppy for a Czech.

Photo of cproioi
2.11/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer pours a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation present. Atop the beer sits a nice looking white head that left little lacing. The aroma was slightly of floral hops with a sweet juicy fruit malt aroma. The taste follows suit closely however, there was an off taste in it that made it close to un palatable. I don't know how to describe it, it was like something I have never encountered before. The body was light with a semi-dry finish. This beer left me not wanting another one at all.

Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of the Beer-Of-The-Month Club.
Poured a pale golden colcor with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is on the sweet side with a light fruitiness present.
Taste follows through on the fruitiness and is moderately refreshing.
The ending is more sweetness with a distinct lack of any hops.
An average beer at best.

Efes Pilsener from Anadolu Efes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.